CodyLoco's Random Rants… A little bit of everything…

24Jan/120

Traitor…

Traitor

Traitor...

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7Sep/101

PS3 mandatory system update tries to block PSGroove jailbreak, can be bypassed!

Do you own a PlayStation 3? You might have not been following this in gaming news, but the once-thought-to-be-invincible console has finally been jailbroken to play homebrew code (like PlayStation 2 emulators) as well as load game backups off the hard-drive at twice the read speed it would get from the disc thanks to an open sourced code called PSGroove, which can be run on a USB Dev board like the Teensy++.

PSGroove Jailbreak on PS3Following Sony's legal battle that managed to ban the PSJailbreak in Australia, the retail jailbreak key that was way overpriced at around $170, Sony has obviously now shifted part of their efforts onto patching the PS3's software with the mandatory release of the PS3 Update 3.42.  Given that the update only takes the software from 3.41 to 3.42, and there are no new features provided, it can be assumed (and has been confirmed) that it is an attempt to block the PS3 jailbreak exploit.

PS3Hax.net has seen a massive increase in traffic since the release of the PSJailbreak, and has been faithfully covering the news and keeping the community updated on the latest on PSGroove.  Their users have already found two confirmed methods of bypassing the mandatory update (be sure to go through the comments) for fears that Sony may be able to identify the PSGroove's fake license code and ban the consoles from accessing PSN, similar to the "8002A227" ban that is applied to users who share their PSN accounts with too many friends.

At the moment, the PSGroove software has been ported to work on not just usb dev kits, but other devices like Android phones and even TI-83 calculators.  Work is underway to port it for use on the PSP, and it is believed that it will probably at some point be portable to something every PS3 gamer has: the DualShock 3 controller.

The real beauty of the PSGroove is that it does NOT modify or void the warranty on your console in any way - all you literally need to do is plug a device loaded with the software into the USB port, hard power your PS3, and start loading your games onto the internal or external hard drive!  Although it does not yet load ISO images, most respectable torrent sites like TorrentLeech.org have already begun receiving PS3 torrents, like the site mentioned listing 52 PS3 games available for download at this time of writing including Mafia 2, Just Cause 2, and Blur.

18Nov/090

Flukiest Modern Warfare 2 Knife Kill Ever!

It's one thing to randomly chuck a grenade for a splash damage kill or two in an online match, but quite another to end the round this way, check it out:

15Oct/090

Baby 2D Flash Version of Portal is VERY Addictive!

Portal: Flash Version, Level 15

Portal: Flash Version, Level 15

Looking for a healthy time-waster?  I found this highly addictive puzzle game on Break, which is a 2D version of the very popular Valve game called Portal.  The flash game puts a portal generator in your hands, just like in the Valve version, where you create an entry and an exit portal which you can use to get around the level.

The catch, however, is that you can only shoot portals within line-of-sight.  The later levels have you dodging giant spikey things coming from the roof or electric fields that will fry you if you are in the wrong place at the wrong time.  It's a great way to waste your time.

Find the game at Break.

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12Sep/090

Direct2Drive Turns Five, 50 SWEET Games at $5!

Direct2Drive

Direct2Drive Turns 5 Promo

I guess Direct2Drive is on it's fifth anniversary (seems like just yesterday she (he?) was born!) and to celebrate they are having one hell of a deal on games.  It looks like every Monday for the next five weeks, they are going to have a new gift box opening that will offer up a new genre of games.  The catch, however, is that last week's games will no longer be available at the promo price.

Unfortunately you don't get to see what games are specifically coming in the next four weeks, but this week it's strategy games...  Here's the list if you are interested: Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell Chaos Theory, Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Advanced Warfighter 2, Civilization 4, Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War, X-Com Complete Bundle, Sid Meier's Railroads! (the one I'm buying! :P), Empire Earth Gold, Far Cry, Call of Juarez, The Settlers - Heritage of Kings.

This coming week you are gonna be getting a helping of Action games, week 3 is RPGs/MMOs, week 4 is indie games (!!!), and week 5 will be war games.  Be sure to keep checking back there I'm sure something will catch your interest...  Might even see a promo deal on Eve Online in week 3...

12Sep/091

What Eve Online is all about…

I wanted to share an awesome video that grants a very small look at the universe that is Eve Online...  It's short and sweet and only scratches the surface of the incredibly deep and complex MMO, but gives a good sense in my opinion of the draw and excitement the game has.  Take a look for yourself, and if you're at all interested, you should sign up for a free 14-day trial that doesn't even require a credit card!

Be sure to click fullscreen when viewing (second button from the left on the bottom).  There is a banner on the right side that will take you to the signup page for the trial!

26Aug/090

Ubuntu 9.04: Latest version of Ubuntu better than ever!

Ubuntu: For Desktops, Servers, Netbooks and in the cloudIf you're not yet aware, Ubuntu 9.04 has been out for a while now, and it's better than ever!  I installed it on my Asus G50V, dual-booting between it and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit and it's running like a charm (writing this on it right now!).

As usual, you need to install the "extras" that aren't included since they are proprietary, closed source apps, in my case such as the nVidia driver, the Windows corefonts package, and ubuntu-restricted-extras to be able to play mp3s, video codecs like divx, etc.  The nice thing though, is they have been making it easier and easier to get this part up and running with the inclusion of apps such as the hardware drivers box which lets you two-click install the latest video driver (that's way easier than Windows!!!) and tons of walkthroughs and help on the Ubuntu website.  There is now even support for 64-bit Flash and Java plugins!

I also updated Wine (the Windows compatibility layer) to run MS apps, and other than having to install the Windows-propietary fonts, it thus far has run anything I try including what I'm playing now, Eve Online.  I've even installed Serato Scratch Live, which although I haven't tested it with the hardware SL1 since mine is in Costa Rica, the app itself runs as if it doesn't even know it's on Linux (and it's a fairly resource-intensive professional DJ app! - check out my AppDB Entry).  In case you didn't know, if you're thinking of switching to Ubuntu and NEED a Windows App but you there isn't an equivelant in Linux (most have one), check the WineHQ AppDB to see how well it runs under Wine.  You'll be surprised to see how many games run out of the box under Ubuntu/Wine!

My bareyl customized desktop (while editing this post).

My barely customized desktop (while editing this post).

Speaking of games... While Linux can emulate Windows games, Windows can't emulate Linux games or apps.  There are quite a few interesting games and apps available for Linux, and a good place start for games is LinuxGames and for apps is the "cool apps" thread on the Ubuntu forums.

Of course, Ubuntu does have some drawbacks.  Because I'm using the 64-bit version, some drivers I can't get to work, such as the one for my Canon scanner, however most hardware DOES work for the 32-bit Ubuntu.

All in all, other than to run Photoshop, which I haven't tried installing on Wine yet even though it says it can be done, I have had no reason what-so-ever to boot into Windows.  I can access all my files that are in the Windows partitions in Ubuntu (so I can play my music in Amarok, and my movies / videos in VLC, and edit MS Office documents in OpenOffice), play Eve Online, edit my websites and stuff with KFTPGrabber for ftp and Bluefish for PHP/HTML editing, and check my business email through Evolution mail... all just as efficiently as I would with Windows.  Only, with a MUCH stabler, customizable, prettier, and FASTER operating system.

Be sure to check out this video (it's even an OLD version of Ubuntu):

Oh, and by the way, everything about Ubuntu is completely free!  Ubuntu 1, Windows 0.

14Mar/090

EVGA wants you to try their newest tech for free

Want to play with EVGA's newest tech for free?  In a similar fashion to what hardware and gaming reviewers at the big magazines and enthusiast websites get to do, the average Joe can now sign up to (possibly) receive a sample of EVGA's latest hardware to try out and review.  After your 14-day trial is over, you are expected to pay to ship it to the next participant in line as determined by the company.

3D Vision Loaner ProgramAs of March 11 / 2009, there are currently two programs you can enrol in if you are living in the US or Canada:

Program 1: NVIDIA GeForce 3D Vision Glasses w/ Samsung 22" 120hz LCD, (worth about $600) or
Program 2: EVGA X58 Classified Limited Edition Motherboard (worth about $450)

Keep in mind two things though...

Program 1: Shipping - even the Ground UPS that EVGA requires must be quite expensive for that monitor, and
Program 2: EVGA does NOT supply any other hardware with the motherboard, such as a supported CPU / RAM...

Either way, even after reading the TOS, it looks like a fair enough deal.  All you are required to do is check the product for damages when you receive it (remember it will be coming from someone else, and you don't want to be liable), make sure you ship the product on the 14th day, and send some feedback to EVGA before seven days have passed after you sent it off.  You are liable for any damages to the product while in your posession or during shipping (insurance!!!), and if you forget or refuse to ship it at the end of your trial they will assume you have kept it and send you a bill.

Either way, it seems like a pretty fair and up-front attempt by EVGA to get some feedback, and I don't see any "catches" that would make me refuse the offer (other than shipping).  If it weren't for the fact that I will be flying back to Costa Rica fairly soon, I would go ahead and add myself to the list.

Check out the loaner program for more information.

21Oct/080

The BIG E3 is returning for 2009! Booth babes too?

Back in the day I used to run a fairly successful, albeit small gaming site, my partners and I always had a dream of attending the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Los Angeles Convention Centre...  We even had the oportunity to get free press tickets in 2006 but couldn't afford to go.  We planned to go the next year, but that came to a halt that same year with the announcement after the show that E3 2007 was going to be downsized to an invite-only, industry gathering with no more than about five-thousand people.  Of course, that meant the chances of getting tickets was slim to none.

The theory for the downsize, was that publishers were getting concerned that E3 was starting to cost more than it was worth, with newer, bigger, and more elaborate, display booths appearing every year.  The idea was that by restricting the show to press only and limiting displays to presentations and smaller gatherings, companies would not be inclined to out-display each other and blowing their budget in the process.

So far it seems, the theory was flawed.  This past 2008 E3 show was considered the worst so far by industry and press alike.

Monday night, X-Play on G4 TV revealed the first hints that the ESA (the entity that organizes the E3) is planning on bringing back the original, large scale E3 for 2009. According to the X-Play, E3 2009 will be taking place between June 2nd and June 4th, 2009 back at the LA Convention Centre, and is expected to increase the attendance cap into the tens of thousands.

What I'm still interested in, is what changes they will actually make to the show. Will the elaborate booths come back? What about the infamous booth babes? And, although it will still be considered an industry-only event... how the hell do I get a ticket? In the past, a guest ticket cost about $500 to get in.

Although lots more has been rumored through many other sources, I'm going to refrain from mentioning them because they all seem to contradict each other.

There is supposed to be an official announcement from the ESA today regarding the details for E3 2009, but all we can do is wait patiently like everyone else.  I would have tried to find out more, but looking around the web big names have called and only gotten the generic "we will comment on the rumors soon" reply.

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20Oct/082

Early copies of LittleBigPlanet sell on eBay for up to $350. Why?!

LittleBigPlanet on eBay

LittleBigPlanet on eBay: $350!?

I'm desperate to get my own hands on LittleBigPlanet for the PlayStation 3, and the recent recall due to Quran references has made it an even harder wait since it now won't be released until October 27th in North America.

However, I'm not desperate enough to pay $350 for a copy of the game on eBay like a user by the eBay alias johnald214 did just to get it a week early.  Granted, I'm sure there is some kind of a "collectible" draw to it, but is it worth nearly $300 so you can hear two lines from the Muslim Holy Book in a song?!

Granted, he's not the only one that paid the price to be able to play the game early, as other auctions closed at $202.50, $183.68, $175.00, $152.50, $139.50, $130.00, $120.00...

On a side note, I was on YouTube looking at levels and came across someone that actually made a fully functional calculator "level" in the Beta for LBP:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiRgYBHoAoU[/youtube]

If you just can't wait another week, run off to eBay and within a week your "collectable" copy of the game will arrive at your doorstop just as everyone else gets home from Wal-Mart with their normal, and much cheaper version.  What's your take?